Welcome to the first day of a special week-long series looking at trends and predictions for the year ahead, in association with MC2.
In a change from previous years, when we have published the Place 100 power list at this time of year, instead of looking back we're going to look ahead to the next 12 months in the property industry of the North West.
All this week, a cross-section of contributors drawn from within Place's readership will offer their views on the changes that lie ahead and how they might affect the industry.
Place is pleased to be working once more with leading property communications agency MC2, who also sponsored the Place 100 last year, on this special feature.
We hope you enjoy the North West in 2013.